So, it’s Sunday night and I have another one of my recurring thoughts: How is THIS week going to be different with my diet and exercise?
Can you relate?
I mean I haven’t been doing too badly…I’ve cut Diet Coke (except for the five I drank on Friday night, but it was Friday night and so it doesn’t count because Friday is different than other days in so many ways, but I digress…a lot) and I’ve tried to not eat after 7pm and I’ve walked twice in the past week (I know, breaking records all over the place for commitment).
These little changes that do add up, but still NOT the golden ticket.
So late this afternoon while I’m packing for my trip tomorrow and sipping my Diet Coke…um, water…I have a brilliant thought. And here it is:
I need an iPad.
An iPad? To do what?
If I had an iPad, I would download my mp3s that I listen to for my business coaching.
Then I would take said iPad to the gym that I joined in a fancy shmancy part of town (you know, the gym I joined because it’s in a safer part of town so that when I’m coming home late from the airport and I want to put in a workout at midnight after an 18 hour day I could be safe…yeah THAT gym – the one I’ve not visited in a month).
I would hook up my iPad with said mp3s into the elliptical (my favorite thing, if anything in the gym could be characterized as “favorite”).
I would listen to my coaching recordings and take notes on the little bitty post-it note app. All whilst (I like saying that word as often as possible) I was working out and sweating up a storm.
Tell me this doesn’t sound like a GREAT idea!
Here’s the problem – it’s not about the iPad. It’s not about the elliptical. It’s not about the fancy gym in the good part of town. It’s not about the 18 hour days. It’s about me. And my commitment. Or lack thereof.
So all of my shenanigans have brought me to remember this one quote that I have on my office bulletin board: A YEAR FROM NOW WILL YOU WISH YOU HAD STARTED TODAY.
Oh my, I love that! And I hate it at the same time…it’s too true for me!
So, here I am on Sunday night now, getting ready for the week after a fun dinner with friends and some good TV catching-up to do (my not-so-guilt pleasure after lots of hard work). And I don’t want tomorrow to be yet another start to the week where I say, “Tomorrow’s a new day. You are going to work out 19 times this week,” and then do nothing and crab at myself in my head.
Because that’s what I do – I over-commit and then get down on myself when I don’t follow through.
When I’m trying to break a habit or start a new one, I try to stay positive by doing a few little things:
- Focus on what IS possible, not what is not possible
- Cast a wide net and give myself a big vision for the future, but figure out one small, do-able change I can make to get closer to my goal
- Talk nicely to myself
- Change my morning routine a bit to accommodate the change – get started off on the right foot
- Get away from the “I’m so bad I ate a cookie” or “I was so ‘good’ because I didn’t eat a cookie” mentality – after all, I think I’m a pretty good chick most of the time, so this isn’t about ‘bad’ and ‘good’ anyway – a missed workout or one-too-many cookies doesn’t make me a bad person – or at least I hope it doesn’t because I’m in deep trouble…
You might be thinking…wait a minute – isn’t this a literacy blog? Where does she start talking about books and stuff?
Well, I might skip the book talking (you can read my past and future blogs with lots of that stuff in it) in this article, but what I DO want you to think about is this: What do you need to do to improve the health of your literacy work?
If you’re a leader…what small habits can you get rid of or add to your life to become a more effective instructional leader?
If you’re a coach…is there anything in your role that’s standing in the way of you being a more excellent coach? If so, what step can you make to remove that block?
If you’re a teacher…is there an area that your data is showing that you need to make some improvement? Do you need to ask for help or start a conversation with a colleague to help you build something into your instruction to deal with that data?
My goal this week is to get three, yes only three but I’m trying to be realistic, workouts in this week while I’m on the road.
Where will you start?